Michael Mondavi Family Estate

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Atlas Peak

2018 Offering

Vintage Perspective Auction

Auction 22 | Lot No. 217

Michael Mondavi Family Estate

Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Atlas Peak

5 cases produced


  • This wine is a selection of our best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with a touch of Cabernet Franc
  • The fruit comes from our 15-acre Animo Vineyard, planted high atop Atlas Peak at 1,300 feet
  • The wine expresses the vineyard’s unique volcanic terroir, producing a classically structured, age-worthy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • This lot conveys our long-term commitment to sustainable farming and minimalist intervention winemaking


Planted by the Michael Mondavi Family in the late 1990s high atop Atlas Peak, the Animo Vineyard produces the family’s two top releases – “Animo” and “M by Michael Mondavi." This limited edition release is a selection of the best barrel expressions parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. Selected by Rob Mondavi Jr., the wine represents the hallmarks of the family’s long-term commitment to sustainable farming and minimalist intervention winemaking. This is an expression of the unique volcanic terroir that produces a classically structured Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, deserving of long-term cellaring.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced

Rob Mondavi, Jr.

Winemaker, Michael Mondavi Family Estate

Winemaker, Rob Mondavi, Jr.

As a winemaker, I first consider myself as a wine drinker, asking what do I want to drink and what do my friends want to drink, and then I select the vineyards, fruit maturity and all winemaking decisions based on the desire to create mesmerizing wines for myself, friends and family.

Country born: United States

Education: A non-classic winemaking background at Santa Clara University, miscellaneous chemistry and winemaking courses, but best of all a lifetime of experience in the cellar and vineyards.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
My philosophy encompasses the amazing roots my family has planted, yet roots are not enough. Finding new ways to create cutting-edge wines is key and it is important to go beyond the style of wines that my forefathers created. If not, I would be disappointed in myself for not stretching the limits, as I would not have embraced the heritage to excel that was provided by my family.

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